Type:

Interactive, Other

Description:

This activity covers the mathematical concepts of percents and fractions. A group of ten students and ten chairs serve as a model for the distribution of wealth in the United States. I’ve used this twice in classes, and adult learners appreciated the relevance of the material. I found it worked best after group work on fractions and percents, because the students were less shy about participating when their whole group volunteered. I spent about 5 to 10 minutes on background material including basic definitions of wealth. As I implemented it, the activity took approximately 20 minutes.

Key words: Percents, fractions, economics, social justice

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Higher Education
  • Graduate
  • Undergraduate-Upper Division
  • Undergraduate-Lower Division

Keywords:

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Members

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Collections:

None
Update Standards?

MAA.1.2.2.1: Mathematics Taxonomy

Addition

MAA.1.2.2.2: Mathematics Taxonomy

Subtraction

MAA.1.2.2.3: Mathematics Taxonomy

Multiplication

MAA.1.2.2.4: Mathematics Taxonomy

Division

MAA.1.2.2.5: Mathematics Taxonomy

Ratio and Proportion

MAA.1.2.2.6: Mathematics Taxonomy

Equivalent Fractions

MAA.1.2.3.5: Mathematics Taxonomy

Percents

MAA.1.2.4: Mathematics Taxonomy

Comparison of numbers
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